Drinking water is fine, city officials say, residents disagree

The quality of drinking water for the City of Grand Ledge is an inconvenience, not a health risk, Public Service Director Larry LaHaie said. Many residents believe they are paying too much to be inconvenienced. The city has a multistep water treatment process that removes iron and adds fluoride, LaHaie said. “The treatment process, we pump it from wells and then it goes through an iron removal process, where actually it’s aerated and the dissolved iron in the water then bonds with the oxygen so that it can be filtered through, it’s like a sand filter almost,” he  said. https://soundcloud.com/user-185485168/larry-lahaie-1

“After that it is chlorinated for disinfection and we add phosphate for corrosion control,” he said.

Talking with Teachers, Episode 3. Guest: Jeff Thomas

On the third episode of “Talking with Teachers,” I’ve gone outside MSU to interview Jeff Thomas, Sweet Home High School’s business education teacher. Thomas has been at Sweet Home High School in Amherst, NY (a suburb of Buffalo) for over 20 years and has taught a number of different business and media courses. In the interview, Thomas talks about how he got into teaching, and the differences between business courses and typical core high school classes. He highlights the importance of business education in high school, how it can help kids going into college, and what business classes are offered at Sweet Home now. Thomas also touches on his personal struggles of teaching an elective course in high school.

Social media and privacy podcast page

Welcome to the Social Media and Privacy podcast page.  I am your host, Thomas Kfoury. Each podcast focuses on social media or privacy topics that were prominent in the news during the second half of 2017.  There are five episodes:

Episode 1: Apple privacy page and release of iPhone X

Episode 2: Homeland Security and social media monitoring

Episode 3: Amazon Key

Episode 4: Honest Ad Act

Episode 5: Net Neutrality

These podcasts are here to inform listeners and promote discussion about each topic.  Thank you, and enjoy.

Talking with Teachers, Episode 2. Guest: MSU Instructor David Watson

On the second episode of “Talking with Teachers,” I am joined by another Michigan State University employee, College of Arts and Letters faculty member, Dave Watson. Not only does Watson teach at Michigan State, he also has classes at Jackson College and is in a program known as the PEI (Prison Education Initiative), where he teaches inmates at Cooper St. Correctional Facility in Jackson. In the interview Watson talks about how he got into teaching, what his courses can offer and what it’s like teaching in a prison.

Old Town looking for new board member

There is an open seat in Old Town’s board committee and board members are actively looking for potential candidates. They are also accepting applications from those interested in the position. The board has been around since 1996 and oversees what the Old Town Commercial Association does, said Jamie Schriner, the board president. “We’re responsible for the money and making sure that everything is being handled the way it should be and for raising money for the organization,” Schriner said. The board decides anything from finances to hiring the executive director, said vice president Rick Preuss, owner of Preuss Pets.

City Council: new logo to be placed on refurbished water tower in spring 2018

The Grand Ledge City Council unanimously voted on Oct. 23 to paint a new logo on the water tower at 318 E. Saginaw Highway when it’s refurbished. The water tower was the only new business at the council meeting. During public comment, Joseph Dickson, executive director of Over the Ledge Theatre Co., spoke to recap the company’s sixth season and thank its donors for their support. “We’re finishing up actually our sixth summer season at the playhouse,” Dickson said.

Old Town lofts attract new residents

There are perks of living in a loft rather than a house or apartment like no outside maintenance and being in the center of downtown. Old Town lofts are high in demand and don’t stay on the market very long, said Brian Huggler, realtor and owner of buildings in Old Town. “We’ve had zero vacancy in the past ten years. In fact, when one person moves out, usually they’ve got a friend that wants to move in,” Huggler said. With loft living, you get a different lifestyle than you would in a house or other form of living.